Morgan Sindall Construction wins contract to deliver Exteter Science Park hub

WCN Editorial Team 16 Feb 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Morgan Sindall Construction has secured a £5m contract to deliver a specialist SME innovation hub for Exeter Science Park in the UK.

After completion of the ‘Grow-out Building’ it is expected to become a net-zero carbon facility.

This hub is expected to support knowledge-led small and medium enterprises working in the science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) sectors.

The main contractor was procured by Exeter Science Park through the Southern Construction Framework (SCF).

SCF is a joint venture between Devon and Hampshire County Councils and offers support to public sector construction projects across the south of England.

The funding for the project is being provided by the UK government’s Getting Building Fund, a £900m stimulus package.

A virtual ground-breaking ceremony was hosted to celebrate the start of work on-site.

Construction work is slated to complete  prior to the end of  2021.

The three-storey, 1,300m2 building will provide flexible office and laboratory workspace, and  is configurable from 65m2 to 335m2.

The ground floor will feature a reception area and three communal meeting rooms, while the first and second floors will be divided into four of these specialist workspace areas.

The project, designed by Grainge Architects, has been given a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification.

Morgan Sindall Construction area director Brian Rice said: “We are really pleased to celebrate the start of work with this virtual ceremony. Exeter Science Park is a key asset for the region’s knowledge economy. The new building will provide the ideal space to scale for innovative SMEs working in high-growth STEMM industries. With a net-zero carbon design, the development exemplifies the standard new builds should strive for if the UK is to achieve a green recovery.

“Taking this project from planning to ground-breaking in just over six months required the effective collaboration and early engagement made possible by the Southern Construction Framework procurement route. We look forward to working closely with everyone involved to ensure the scheme is delivered safely and efficiently.”

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The three-storey, 1,300m2 building will provide flexible office and laboratory workspace. (Credit: Morgan Sindall Construction.)

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